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Prima Luna Dialogue Premium Integrated Amp
The best reviewed, most popular, affordable, high quality tube amps are from Prima Luna. Prima Luna's 35W/ch tube power amp is only $979 & has a 2 year warranty. This amp can drive Focal speakers at loud volumes. You can hear Prima Luna tube integrated amps, preamps & 70W mono blocks. Gold Sound is Colorado's only Prima Luna dealer. Prima Luna has had more rave reviews from STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND than any other amp company. Prima Luna easily competes with tube amps at twice the price.
PRIMA LUNA FEATURES
Every Prima Luna amp has:
1] SOFT-START CIRCUIT - Extends component & tube life, powers up gently every time you turn it on.
2] TUBE PLATE FUSE - Protects the amplifier output stage.
3] ADAPTIVE AUTOBIAS - Exclusive to Prima Luna, this circuit automatically monitors & adusts bias. Improved performance & better sound, reducing distortion by 40-50%. Plug in almost any power tube. Adaptive Autobias automatically adjusts from the supplied EL34 [or 6CA7] to 6550, KT88, KT90, 6L6GC, KT66, 7581, EL37, etc.
4] HAND MADE WITH POINT to POINT WIRING - Better sound & reliability than the microscopically thin conductive traces on printed circuit boards used on most other tube amps.
5] PREMIUM PARTS - Fully vented chassis, chassis-mounted ceramic tube sockets, Nichicon & Realcap capacitors, gold input jacks & banana type speaker terminals.
6]QUALITY CHASSIS - Made of finely finished, heavy gauge steel with a five step automotive quality finish with each coat hand-rubbed & polished. Removable tube cage included with all amps.
Gold Sound is your source for new & used tube power amps, integrated amps & preamps with superior sound quality, reliability & value. You might ask, "Why do people still want tube amplifiers?" Most guitarists prefer almost any tube guitar amp over almost any solid state amp. Audiophiles love the imaging & midrange of tube amps. New tubes are easy to find from many sources. Tubes can last many years. Both Prima Luna & Vincent amps have a two year parts & labor warranty. Both have been very reliable; in fact, more reliable than some solid state amps.
Most Vincent amps are hybrids, using both tubes & transistors. The 236 integrated amp has a tube preamp with a solid state power amp. This gives you the best of both worlds, the imaging & delicacy of tubes with the power of solid state. "Vincent's driving passion is to build serious high-performance audio products that are eminently affordable." ABSOLUTE SOUND
If your solid state amp or current speakers sound too bright, using a tube preamp will tame this, plus give you better imaging & a wider soundstage. Horn speakers that are too bright with a solid state amp, sound much smoother with a tube amp. The classic Klipsch, JBL, Altec & EV horn speakers were originally designed for tube amps.
Our new tube amps can sound better & cost less than classic amps. New amps gives you a 2 or 3 year parts & labor warranty, remote control, better quality capacitors & other internal parts, plus gold RCA inputs & double banana outputs.
We display these tube amps:
Classic Integrated amp, 35W/ch
Four power amp, 35W/ch
Six monoblocks, 70W/ch
VINCENT SV236MK Int. Amp, hybrid
Thanks to you, our customers, we continue to grow for over 37 years. Here are reviews on some of our products.
PRIMA LUNA REVIEWS
DIALOGUE 3, rated in same class as $5700 preamps "Prima Luna's new top-of-the-line preamp weighs 53 lbs., has point-to-point wiring & dual mono construction, uses 2 rectifier & 4 triode tubes & is housed in an attractive steel chassis painted with 5 coats of hand-rubbed blue gray lacquer. Its clean rear panel has 5 line-level inputs, 2 system [power amp] outputs, one tape monitor output & pass-through jacks. The Dialogue 3 offered timbral clarity, richness & an excellent sense of scale; a shoo-in, a must hear." STEREOPHILE 10/13
DIALOGUE 3 Preamp, "This surprisingly hefty preamp generates tremendous WOW factor - it's difficult to believe that such engaging, gorgeous sound, coupled with a wonderfully expansive soundstage, can be had for such a modest price. One of its most compelling virtues is that it lets music "breathe" & flow effortlessly. If you want to listen for hours without any aural fatigue & be transfixed by the musical performances & the gorgeous timbres of instruments & voices, you've come to the right place."ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/12
DIALOGUE 7 mono block power amps, "These surprisingly powerful monoblocks are just the right tonic to make you fall in love with your system again. They reproduce music with the natural lushness & sense of space one hears in live music, while maintaining transient quickness without a hint of tube sluggishness. Their soundstaging & truth of timbre are reference quality. The supplied remote lets one switch between the more dynamicallly explosive, incisive & tonally balanced ultra-linear sound or the more beautiful & palpable triode sound. It's like getting two amps in one." ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/12
DIALOGUE PREMIUM, Class A, rated in same class as $26,500 amps "Prima Luna's top-of-the-line integrated amp is rated at 32W/ch with its stock EL34 output tubes or 43W/ch with optional KT120s. It uses Prima Luna's Adaptive AutoBias feature for easy swapping of output tubes & has a bad tube indicator, power transformer protection & output transformer protection circuitry. Extremely quiet & sounded bigger than its power rating suggested, with a rich midrange & an excellent sense of timing; a dream come true." STEREOPHILE 10/13
PROLOGUE PREMIUM, rated in same class as $6,500 amps "The solidly built Prologue Premium is rated at 35W/ch with its stock EL34 output tubes or 40W/ch with KT88s. It has a heavy-gauge, ventilated case with a lustrous 5 coat finish, features point-to-point wiring & 5 pairs of RCA input jacks, a Home Theater bypass & connections for 4 & 8 ohm speakers. Produced a natural, inviting midrange & performed well with a wide variety of speakers; offers outstanding sound quaity at a very reasonable price; respectable measured performance." STEREOPHILE 10/13
"The German company Vincent began in 1995 with the goal of placing high end sound within reach of the common man. The question of how to make high end affordable was answered by its founder, Uwe Bartel, using a business model, which while innovative for its time has become common-place today: Design products in the West & have them built in China. This marriage of German engineering & Chinese manufacturing proved quite successful.
Mr. Bartel, an electronics engineer, had no problem designing interesting audio gear & Vincent's attractive mix of good sound & value gained momentum & global market share. Even though their fit, finish & elegant aluminum chassis exude a distinct high end look, the price is quite affordable by high-end standards & well below the onset of sticker shock. Vincent's quality is more than skin deep; Russian rather than Chinese tubes are used exclusively." [Some well known tube amps only use Chinese tubes, notorious for a very short span & lots of unit-to-unit variability.]
ABSOLUTE SOUND's GUIDE TO PREAMPS & POWER AMPS
VINCENT INTEGRATED AMPS GERMAN DESIGNED & PARTS
All integrated amps include Remote Controls
SV236mark II, list $2400, now $1995, RATED in the SAME CLASS as $6100 AMPS. 150W/ch/8 ohm; 250W/ch/4 ohm; remote control; tube / solid state hybrid "Outstanding build quality & parts. It has 3
12AX7 tubes & 6 line level inputs, treble & bass
controls & a loudness button. It produced a full-bodied, self-assured sound with good bass & a nimble rhythmic presentation. It's the kind of component that gives me hope for this great hobby." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 4/13
"This well-built amp combines the best of two worlds by using a vacuum-tube preamp to drive a solid-state power amp. Listener's will appreciate the combination of deep, powerful, authoritative solid-state bass & tube-fueled delicacy, shimmering detail & almost surround-like imaging." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
VINCENT PREAMPS GERMAN PARTS & DESIGN
SA31, list $750, now $699, "A well-made entry-level vacuum-tube preamp with tone controls & a loudness contour switch. The preamp's sound is characterized by a rich, seductive midrange & hearty & solidly weighted bass. Terrific bang for the buck." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
SA31mk, list $1850, now $1599, "Staging & focus are strengths. Its nice to find ones like these that deliver so much pleasure for such a relatively modest price." ABSOLUTE SOUND 12/10; EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
SAT8, list $2800, now $2500, "This tube preamp is about bass precision, spacious soundstaging, speedy transients, pure midrange textures & rhythmic drive. Microdynamic nuances are reproduced with commendable conviction. A rare musical blossom at this price & an absolute steal considering its twin virtues of crystalline clarity & ample boogie factor."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
"An absolute steal at its price; nothing else at this
price point comes close. It made a very positive first impression." ABSOLUTE SOUND 1/09
VINCENT POWER AMPS - GERMAN DESIGNED & PARTS
SP331, list $1600, now $1395. 150W/ch/8 ohm; 250W/ch/4 ohm; POWER AMP of the YEAR, 2007 "One of the best-sounding sub-$2k amps. A hybrid tube / solid-state amp combines the richness & subtlety of fine tube designs - especially through the midrange - with the sheer low frequency grunt, control & agility of a good solid-state amp. In the treble it sounds slightly softer but also more delicate than solid-state amps in its price range." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
"One of the sweetest deals in high end audio today. Midrange subtlety & richness in spades; a delightful holographic 3D presentation that reveals the finely contoured edges of notes." ABSOLUTE SOUND 1/08
SP331mk, list $2750, now $2499. 150W/ch/8 ohm; 300W/ch/4 ohm, "Impressively spacious; convincingly lifelike & well-defined soundstage; fine feeling of lilt & pace, staging & focus are strengths. Its nice to find ones like these that deliver so much pleasure for such a relatively modest price." ABSOLUTE SOUND 12/10; EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
SPT800, list $5700/pair, now $5199/pair. 200W/ch/8 ohm; 320W
/ch/4 ohm; POWER AMP of the YEAR, 2008 "A remarkable performer. Its tube signature shines through clearly in the midrange. Soundstage dimensionality is superior to conventional solid-state. It closely fullfills the promise of a hybrid design: Tube magic with plenty of bass crunch & drive in one nicely gift-wrapped chassis."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
"Delivers tube magic at an eminently reasonable price. The hybrid design results in a rock-solid bottom end that tube amps simply can't approach. Kudos to Vincent for shifting the economics of high-end audio within reach of the working man."
ABSOLUTE SOUND 1/09
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